Sunday, January 25th, 2015 04:58 am
I created the Explanations wiki page after seeing [staff profile] mark waving the code machete tonight: he took out a lot of old and unused stuff, which is great, but a few (very out of date) old server-admin documentation files that were casualties had some explanations of things that I don't think are documented anywhere else.

That does not mean the entire server-admin documentation should survive -- out of date documentation is often worse than no documentation! -- but between that and the talk I gave at LCA, "When Your Codebase Is Nearly Old Enough To Vote", it occurred to me that we should probably document a few of those things that live in our heads that we find ourselves explaining to new contributors -- things like why an entry URL uses the anum and not the jitemid, why you can't just change a text string in a patch and have it update the text on the live site, why you occasionally hear oldtimers calling the Recent Entries page 'lastn', stuff like that.

So, if you've been around for a while and can think of a few things that wouldn't necessarily make sense right off the top of your head -- or if you're new and ran into one or more of those things at some point and had to have someone explain them to you -- please add them to that page! As I said in my talk: institutional memory is a great thing to have, but a lousy thing to have to rely on.
Sunday, January 25th, 2015 10:32 am
There is snow. For the first time this winter.

I hate snow. Or rather, I hate winter, because I hate the cold and the dark and I hate the roads being icy* and the mud when it all melts and having to wear 4 layers of clothing just to not lose feeling in my fingers.

But so far, thus has been a mild and agreeable winter. Maybe this will be the only snow and maybe it will have melted by tomorrow. Please?

* Might have something to do with having a very serious car accident on black ice, sliding into the Autobahn safety railing thing with about 50 km/h, I suppose...
Saturday, January 24th, 2015 10:10 pm
Because at this rate, Firefox will explode from tabs before I can coordinate my schedule with Riv's. -_-

1 - Cool short story, like seriously short, but fun.

2 - Archery Video, from some dude who's backtracked to old non-Olympic styles of shooting and if I ever get off my ass and write my Susan post-Narnia fic, I am using these styles and no one can stop me. *cackles madly*

3 - puns! I keep meaning to link these to SpideyWing too.

4 - I don't even need this but I want it.

5 - So there's a Tumblr Femslash BigBang and a livejournal Heroine BigBang. I think I might be able to pull off the herione one, because my femslash longfics are rare and mythical beasts, but I've got like 3 female centric fics I can potentially beat into submission.

6 - And the random Star Wars joke.

7 - I totally forgot about this Ororo manip.


8 - AND TH- Caps was still on... -_- *coughs* And the cat story

9 - And mouldable plastic that- wait, I think I meant to link this to Pocky. *pauses to go pester the poor woman on IM*

10 - I don't know why this is so mesmerizing to watch but I know I have Bats to blame for it. :D

11 - Random funny girl is here.

12 - And then there's Overly honest science methods.

And I have to stop and restart Firefox now because it's making the laptop fan whirr pointedly at me.
Saturday, January 24th, 2015 10:36 am
I was pretty much absent from Dreamwidth for over a year and there's a lot going on behind access lock here at the moment. I really have no qualms giving anyone access as long as they are not family or coworkers, so just tick the poll and I'll grant it :-)

Poll #16388 Access request
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 28

Request access?

28 (100.0%)

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 12:22 am
I thought we would be 50th. Surprise! We're 37th.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 11:02 am
Season Four's "Neither Here Nor There" was just posted this morning.

[community profile] fringe_rewatch
Every Tuesday and Friday, beginning January 20
Monday, January 19th, 2015 08:32 am
My friend Mack says his 2014 is not complete without a review of my favorite CDs of the year. Since I dearly want 2014 to be over, I will attempt to honor his request.

I didn't love as many releases this year as I did in 2013, but these are the ones that came out in 2014 that got regular rotation in my car or on my iPod:

- "Brill Bruisers" by the New Pornographers
- "A Dotted Line" by Nickel Creek
- "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" aka the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy
- "Everything Is Awesome" aka the soundtrack to the LEGO Movie
- "Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar" by Robert Plant
- "Mandatory Fun" by Weird Al Yankovic
- Monument Valley soundtrack (video game)
- "PTX Vol. III" by Pentatonix
- "That's Christmas to Me" by Pentatonix
- "Shatter Me" by Lindsey Stirling
- "Swimmin' Time" by Shovels & Rope

Pentatonix has been in steady rotation all year, both before and after their concert here in March. I saw Lindsey Stirling in concert in July, and the soundtrack of my summer was a mix of her, Pentatonix, and the Piano Guys doing covers of various themes. The new Pentatonix EP dropped in September, and I started listening to their Christmas CD at the end of November, and I never include holiday CDs in my best of list except it was THAT GOOD.

Everything else kind of pales in comparison, really, but since I crave variety, there's still enough other stuff to make a list. I reviewed the Weird Al CD earlier and most of the others are good driving music. The Monument Valley soundtrack gets a lot of bedtime play.

So far 2015 has been all about Guster. I still have one download code left to give away for their new album.
Monday, January 19th, 2015 03:10 am
[personal profile] aella_irene enjoys a field trip:
A friend and I went to the V&A's wedding dress exhibition on Friday, which was wonderful. I preferred the more historical dresses, and, indeed have worked out which I wish my potential wedding gown to be based on. (What, you mean you don't go around fashion museums working out which dresses you wish to steal in a daring midnight raid?) There was one from the 1970s, on the upper level, which looked like the bride had been sent out with a knife and told to mug her very own polar bear. Which she had done.

Locked entry.QWP.
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 10:00 pm
Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere

Dreamwidth News, 18 Jan 2015 )
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 03:48 am
We've finished pushing the new code and will be working on fixing immediately obvious bugs now!

We're looking into problems with the new Create/Edit entries page not working properly on Chrome.
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 02:01 am

... Oh cool, my journal style will scale large images in small windows now! It didn't do that before.

Responsive design is amazing.
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 01:45 am
Every few months, I run through [site community profile] changelog compiling a list of who has been contributing patches to our code repository, with the understanding that this is not a competition, or any sort of "high score" list. It's intended as a guide for casual developers, to discern not only our most prolific contributors, but also those who have contributed to the project most recently and therefore would be more likely to provide a timely, informed response to development questions. That is why the list is sorted by "Latest" instead of "Changes".

In general, one commit on Github equals one point in the "Changes" column, but fractional points are awarded for collaborative efforts — the most common example being a new S2 theme, where usually half credit is awarded to the theme author and the other half to the person who converts the theme into a code patch. Due to the nature of development, some changes are massive contributions of new code, and others are tiny tweaks; there is no correlation with the amount of effort involved. We are grateful to everyone who helps to improve Dreamwidth, in ways large or small.

I last compiled this list at the beginning of July. Since that time, we have welcomed two new contributors: [personal profile] horrorcheck and [personal profile] azurelunatic. Congratulations and thank you again!

  #  User                      Changes     Latest
  1. fu                           2002     Tue Jan 06 18:01:45 2015 UTC
  2. hotlevel4                      36     Mon Dec 22 17:05:18 2014 UTC
  3. azurelunatic                    3     Mon Dec 08 18:51:00 2014 UTC
  4. pauamma                       119     Mon Dec 01 13:40:04 2014 UTC
  5. baggyeyes                     2.5     Thu Nov 13 18:02:17 2014 UTC
  6. horrorcheck                     2     Sun Sep 21 02:28:31 2014 UTC
  7. woggy                           7     Wed Sep 03 03:23:30 2014 UTC
  8. denise                     412.08     Tue Aug 12 15:29:38 2014 UTC
  9. exor674                       335     Sun Aug 10 00:02:58 2014 UTC
 10. liv                            33     Tue Aug 05 16:55:54 2014 UTC

 11. mark                        523.5     Sun Jul 27 17:45:15 2014 UTC
 12. kareila                     801.5     Sun Jul 13 03:10:35 2014 UTC
 13. stormerider                    10     Sun Jun 29 04:55:38 2014 UTC
 14. kaberett                       14     Sat Jun 28 06:40:28 2014 UTC
 15. sophie                         57     Wed Jun 25 12:37:36 2014 UTC
 16. momijizukamori             210.16     Sat Jun 21 23:07:59 2014 UTC
 17. darael                          8     Mon May 12 13:43:30 2014 UTC
 18. fhocutt                         4     Thu Apr 03 06:24:15 2014 UTC
 19. ninetydegrees              693.93     Mon Mar 03 20:22:10 2014 UTC
 20. nornoriel                    15.5     Thu Feb 27 19:58:39 2014 UTC 
The rest of the list... (146 total) )
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 08:30 pm
This code tour covers commits from 11 August onward! I may have missed some (it's harder to get a code tour out of Github than it was out of Bugzilla) but I should have most of them. :)

In this code tour, we welcome emhoracek's first contribution! yay! We also welcome [personal profile] azurelunatic's first code patch -- she's been contributing for a while, but this is the first code contribution. Yay!

Code tour, 11 August - 18 January )
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 08:21 pm
We are (inevitably) running a little bit late -- the code push will begin in about half an hour or so. We'll update this entry when we're beginning.

This code push contains some rewrites/conversions of various pages on the site, so things will look a little different than what you're used to. The most obvious change will probably be to the Create Entry page -- it's not a redesign, and things will continue to behave the exact same way they have been, they'll just look a little bit different. Do not adjust the horizontal, do not adjust the vertical.

EDIT: Sorry, [staff profile] mark got started before I could update! We are in the middle of pushing now.
Friday, January 16th, 2015 09:44 am
I said elsewhere that "rm -rf /" is special-cased to fail under Linux, and some people asked me about it. FTR here's my answer:

I'd thought rm was a bash builtin, but it isn't. The rm in GNU coreutils, however, does check for the root directory as of 2003-11-09 (by inode number, not by name); the warning message is "it is dangerous to operate recursively on /". You can override this using "--no-preserve-root", though I don't know why you'd want to.
Friday, January 16th, 2015 10:08 pm
We need someone to do a code tour! It's been a while since the last one. (We are going to be putting processes into place to keep us from forgetting how long it's been since we've done these things, really we are.)

Nevermind; I'll get it!
Friday, January 16th, 2015 06:28 pm
We will be doing a code push this weekend! [staff profile] mark, [staff profile] fu, and I are in New Zealand for Linux Conf AU, so the code push is planned for Sunday, 18 January, at 8PM New Zealand time (GMT +13). (See this in your time zone.) This is Sunday 2AM EST/7AM GMT/Saturday 11PM PDT.

We'll update you again right before we're ready to get started.